Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Thirteen

Types of Evergreen Trees

Eastern White Pine
1. Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is a fast-growing species that reaches 80 feet or more. (I think we call these bull pines or Carolina pines.)

2. Pinyon Pine (P. edulis) is a slow-growing short pine. It reaches only 12-15 feet in height.

3. Monterey Pine (P. radiata) grows quickly and reaches anywhere from 80-100 feet tall without pruning.

Allepo Pine
4. Allepo or Mediterranean Pine (P. halepensis) is a fast growing tree that reaches 30-60 feet. This pine likes poor soils and drought-like conditions. It also tolerates heat and windy conditions.

5. Japanese Black Pine (P. thunberglana) is fast growing tree that reaches 60 feet in height. It has dark gray to black bark.

6. Norway Spruce (Picea abies) grows up to 60 feet and has attractive dark green foliage on drooping branches and produces decorative, purplish-red cones.

7. Colorado Blue Spruce (P. pungens glauca) grows to 60 feet. It has a pyramidal shape and blue-gray foliage. (I have four of these in my yard. They have a fungus caused by drought and I fear we are going to lose the trees.)

Colorado Blue Spruce

8. White Fir (Abies concolor) grows to 35-50 feet. This tree has soft, gray-green to silvery blue-green foliage.

9. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is fast-growing and reaches 50-80 feet in height.

10. Fraser Fir (A. fraseri) grows up to 40 feet high. It has a narrow pyramidal shape and grows up to
40 feet.

11. Cedar (Cedrus spp.) grow from 30 to 60 feet high.

Snow on cedars and "bull" pines.

12. Thuja grows up to 40 feet high. It is also called arborvitae and is used in landscaping as a foundation plant or for screening.

13. Cypress (Cupressus spp.) have a soft, feathery-like texture and symmetrical shape. They are most often used in creating privacy hedges and borders. Favorites include Arizona (C. arizonica) and Leyland (Cupressocyparis leylandii).

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  1. Sadly, I don't know one pine from another and didn't know there were so many. Is spruce the preferred Christmas tree?

  2. Never heard "Thuja" before. Cool.
    Vermont is (as you may already know) known as "The Green Mountain State" --i.e Vert=Green in French.

  3. 'A poem as lovely as a tree...' Thuja is new to me; not that I know the rest but I like being schooled on trees. Sorry about your blue spruces. Hope they recover.


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